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John Pollack

John Pollack is a speechwriter at the White House and on Capitol Hill. Prior to this, he worked as a foreign correspondent, at a history museum, and as a strolling violinist. In 1995, Pollack won the eighteenth annual O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships. A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, he lives in New York City.

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Cork Boat
Written by John Pollack
Anchor | Trade Paperback | April 2005
$16.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-1-4000-3490-1 (1-4000-3490-6)

165,321 corks
1 boat

Most people have childhood dreams; few ever pursue them. At the age of 34, John Pollack quit a prestigious speechwriting job on Capitol Hill to pursue an idea he had harbored since the age of six: to build a boat out of wine corks and take it on an... Read more






The Pun Also Rises
Written by John Pollack
Avery | Trade Paperback | April 2012
$16.00/21.00(Canada) | 978-1-59240-675-3 (1-59240-675-0)

A funny, erudite, and provocative exploration of puns, the people who make them, and this derided wordplay's remarkable impact on human history.

In The Pun Also Rises, John Pollack-a former World Pun Champion and presidential speechwriter for Bill Clinton-explains why puns matter: They revolutionized language and played a pivotal role...

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Shortcut
Written by John Pollack
Avery | Trade Paperback | September 2015
$17.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-1-59240-947-1 (1-59240-947-4)

A former presidential speechwriter for Bill Clinton explores the hidden power of analogy to fuel thought, connect ideas, spark innovation, and shape outcomes.

From the meatpacking plants that inspired Henry Ford’s first moving assembly line to the domino theory that led America into Vietnam to the “bicycle for the mind” that Steve Jobs envisioned as the... Read more





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